Speakout 1/21

Friday, January 21, 2005

I'm just an innocent bystander who was coming to Sikeston to shop at the mall and I can't understand, for the life of me, why it would take three policemen to subdue one woman, and the woman was handicapped at that. They stunned that woman six times to try to subdue her and she can't even hear. I don't understand why. I think the Sikeston Police Department really overstepped their bounds. What is going on? It's getting to the point where people from out of town don't want to even come to visit in Sikeston because they are afraid of getting harassed and are afraid of just driving down the street and having a cop stop you because you aren't from that area or anything. Then the people who are running the streets go free. If you do this to a handicapped person, what would you do to a healthy person? A stun gun could stop a person after one time, but six times?

We contacted Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden with your concern. Here is what he had to say. "Every use of force is documented and reviewed; this case is no exception. The facts stated in this SpeakOut article are incorrect. If this caller is truly a witness and feels that the actions of the officers were excessive, they may certainly contact us. We do not harass anyone, and if you have any evidence of this, please come forward." You can call DPS at 471-6200 or 471-4711. All information will remain confidential.

I am calling about the Jan. 17 paper about the former deputy being indicted. I know a guy who worked under a fake Social Security number for years and they didn't do anything to him. The Social Security office knew about it and he drew a disability check every month and still works under his son's Social Security number. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. They didn't do anything to him and he did it for years and made tons of money for years.